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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A law that takes effect Aug. 28 will give physicians assistants more freedom to provide care in areas of Missouri with a shortage of doctors.
Currently, physician assistants must be supervised by a doctor located within 30 miles of where they practice. And a doctor must be present 66 percent of the time they are caring for patients.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/13dFcav ) the new law will allow the supervising doctor to be up to 50 miles away. The doctors also will have to spend only half of a day on site for every 14 days the physician assistant practices.
Supporters of the new law say it allows physician assistants to provide more affordable care for people living in rural areas or in urban areas with understaffed clinics.
Metro East police are asking for the public's help finding the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 9-year-old boy.
St. Clair County sheriff's detectives say Fabian Teson was hit while riding his bike in the 2400 block of Lorraine in the Cahokia area around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center confirmed Sunday morning that the boy had died. Witnesses told police the child was struck by a late 1990s silver or grey Pontiac Grand Am, Grand Prix or Chevrolet Malibu.
Anyone with information is urged to call police.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri counties will be allowed to approve ordinances enacting burn bans when the state fire marshal determines doing so would be appropriate.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law broad legislation that included the burn ban issue.
Burn bans approved by counties could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail for any violations. Burn bans also could prohibit use of skyrockets and missiles but not other consumer fireworks.
Republican House member Donna Lichtenegger, of Jackson, sponsored the legislation. She says allowing county officials to enforce a ban on burning is an important safety step - particularly during droughts.
The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.
A West St. Louis County road is closing for the rest of the summer to make way for a new bridge. Starting today, Mason Road about a mile and half south of Olive Blvd will be closed until Labor Day. During that time workers will be repairing the bridge that crosses Turtle Creek. On a typical weekday, almost 6,000 drivers use the bridge. The cost of the project is estimated to be $275,000. Drivers are being advised to use Highway 141 to either Olive or Ladue as an alternative route.
Drunken taxicab riders who make a mess in the backseat could soon be charged with a clean-up fee. According to the Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is considering a "vomit clean-up fee" for people who "soil the interior of a taxicab with bodily fluids or solids." The Taxicab Commission is looking to follow the lead of other large cities that charge a clean-up fee, such as Chicago which charges $50, and Austin, TX, which has a $100 fee.
Four separate crimes within a two hour period early Sunday appear to be related. In each, police say a dark colored Dodge or Plymouth minivan with three young men, between 17 and 25 years of age were the culprits.
Four victims were robbed by gunpoint off of North Taylor and South Compton in Midtown. Two men and a woman were shot and injured in the separate robberies.
St. Louis Police investigators responded to the first call around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of North Taylor where a 42-year-old man was ordered to turn over his money. The man tried to run when an unidentified suspect opened fire, shooting the victim in the leg.
About 45 minutes later, in the 3600 block of South Compton, a 24 year old man was walking when a suspect drove up and pointed a gun at the man. That suspect took the man's wallet and cash, then fled.
Just ten minutes after the call on Compton, two people were walking in the 4100 block of Bates when a minivan pulled alongside, three men exited the van and took a 39 year old man's wallet, and tried to take a 23 year old woman's purse.
The female victim would not surrender her property and was grazed in the leg by a bullet fired by one of the suspects, who then returned to the van and fled.
An hour later, at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, a 53 year old man was cleaning the parking lot of a market when two men, one armed with a handgun approached and went through the man's pockets, taking a cigarette lighter and cash before fleeing.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.
A Brooklyn, Illinois police officer is hospitalized in serious, but stable condition after a traffic crash. It happened about 4:30 Sunday morning at Route 3 and Jefferson Avenue.
Police say a Brooklyn officer tried to stop a car, but the driver sped away and slammed head-on into another Brooklyn police car. The 31 year old officer driving that car was ejected.
One person in the suspect's car was seriously hurt.
The suspect, Melvin Fraction, is jailed in St. Clair County on $750,000 bond. It's not clear why he tried to flee, but one of the passengers in Fraction's car was wanted on warrants in Chicago.
Many in St. Louis are upset over the George Zimmerman verdict. About 500 people marched in downtown St. Louis Sunday evening.
Many demonstrators said they were marching to show support for Trayvon Martin's family. Most say they're calling for federal charges or a civil suit against Zimmerman who was acquitted in a criminal trial Saturday.
The St. Louis march was mostly peaceful, with a small splinter group getting police attention after overturning a dumpster. Four were arrested.
Organizers say another march is planned for Thursday.
The St. Louis County coroner is trying to determine if police shot an Affton man to death, or if he shot himself.
St. Louis County Police were called to a home in the 9800 block of Arv-Ellen about 7:30 Saturday night because of a man reportedly waving a gun around in his front yard and yelling for someone to call police.
Officers arrived to find 36 year old Shawn Spiros sitting on the front porch.
Police say they tried to talk with Spiros, but he pulled a gun from his waistband, raised it toward officers and then at his own head. Police spokesman Randy Vaughn says it appears that Spiros and an officer fired at the same time. It's yet not clear which shot killed Spiros. The coroner is expected to release a report on Monday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There will be no immediate answer on how Missouri replaces a lieutenant governor who leaves partway through a term.
Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation to require a new lieutenant governor be selected during the next general election while an aide for the departing officeholder handles ministerial duties in the meantime. Under the vetoed bill, the lieutenant governor's responsibilities as Senate president were to be handled by a senator.
The Democratic governor says the measure would have created a "confusing and untenable process."
Missouri governors appoint replacements to other statewide offices, but there has been uncertainty about how the lieutenant governor should be succeeded.
Jason Smith, who now is a congressman, sponsored the Missouri legislation. He criticized the veto and says voters should be able to elect a new lieutenant governor.